‘The majority of imprisoned people are poor and/or have suffered serious abuse as children.’
My interest in criminal justice goes back to my teens. Back then I aspired to become a probation officer, to support those who felt unfairly blamed. Instead I became a hospital and hospice doctor, but ten years ago I started going into prisons. For the last four of those years I have been a volunteer chaplain in a high-security facility. There, I have had the privilege of meeting a few of the real people behind often violent offences. I have heard the pain of many of their life experiences.
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